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2016

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A pair of professors, an academic adviser, and a graduate teaching assistant have been given Chalk Awards for excellence by the College of Arts and Science Student Council. Associate Professor of Russian Tim Langen and Associate Professor Soren Larsen of the Department of Geography each received the 2016 Arts and Science Purple Chalk Award for their excellence as faculty instructors.

Jeffrey D. Byrne

Governor Jay Nixon has appointed Jeffrey Byrne, BA ’83, to the Missouri Health and Educational Facilities Authority (MoHEFA). The seven-member board provides access to capital markets in an effort to lower the cost of health and educational services in Missouri by providing high-quality, readily available, low-cost financing alternatives for Missouri public and private, nonprofit health, and educational institutions.

Paola Savvidou

There are a lot of occupations that are inherently at risk for injuries, such as farming or firefighting or construction. But unless you are a musician, you probably don’t consider being a pianist a profession that entails much risk of injury. Paola Savvidou, an assistant professor of piano pedagogy at MU, says there is actually a very high risk of physical injury to pianists.

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Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor) – Credit: Brice Grunert

COLUMBIA, Mo. – According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2015 was the hottest year on record. According to a University of Missouri researcher, increasing temperatures and climate variability might have an effect on the sounds produced by gray treefrogs.

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Chancellor Hank Foley (left), and College of Arts and Science Dean Michael O'Brien applaud the announcement of a gift of more than $2 million from Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield to support the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, residents of Westphalia, Mo., have given a gift of more than $2 million over three years to the University of Missouri to support the Mizzou New Music Initiative (MNMI). The MNMI brings together a diverse array of programs which position the MU School of Music as a leading national and international center in the areas of composition and new music. This latest gift will support the MNMI through 2019.

Brian Houston

Brian Houston is an associate professor of communication in the MU College of Arts and Science and co-director of the Disaster and Community Crisis Center.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Recent flooding in Missouri turned deadly and left many homes and businesses submerged in overflowing rivers. Hundreds of people were evacuated as many of their homes were under water. Often, children are the most vulnerable in natural disasters and require assistance and support long after they are affected.

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The University of Missouri will celebrate Black History Month with a series of events throughout February. The month-long celebration, “Hallowed Grounds: Sites and Rites of Black Memory,” will feature events such as performances, lectures and panels. Some of the events include:

Tara Selly

Researchers who study evidence of predatory behavior in the fossil record generally look for drill holes, repair scars, bite marks, and other signs of predation in fossilized skeletons.  But a team of researchers at the University of Missouri has found fossil “snapshots” of predators caught in the act of feeding on their prey.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – In the fight against cancer, nuclear medicine may be one of the best tools in a physician’s arsenal. Silvia Jurisson, a researcher at the University of Missouri, continues to develop breakthrough nuclear materials and methods used in the detection and treatment of cancer. She and her interdisciplinary team recently received a U.S.

Curators' Professor Kattesh Katti

Katti honored for breakthrough research in nanomedicine and green nanotechnology.

Kattesh Katti, Ph.D., Curators’ Professor of Radiology and Physics and Margaret Proctor Mulligan Distinguished Professor of Medical Research at the MU School of Medicine, was named the 2016 Person of the Year in Science by Vijayavani, the leading daily newspaper in the Indian state of Karnataka. Katti received this recognition for his breakthrough research in the fields of nanomedicine and green nanotechnology.

Noel Bartlow

Noel Bartlow, an assistant professor in the department of geological sciences, is interested in earthquakes that take a long time to occur. The focus of her research is slow slip events, or what are referred to as “slow earthquakes,” earthquakes that can last from a few days up to a year.

Hank Foley

The Academy of Science St. Louis has honored MU Chancellor Hank Foley with the 2016 Science Leadership award.

Since its inception, the Academy has promoted the recognition of the impressive scientists of St. Louis. This tradition continues with the 22nd Annual Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards. Each award-winner represents an extraordinary caliber of expertise.

James A. Birchler, Curators Professor of Biological Sciences

James A. Birchler, Curators Professor of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Science, has received a 2016 Fellows Award from the Academy of Science of St. Louis.

José Martínez

Mizzou graduate student José Martínez has been selected by Third Coast Percussion to take part in their Emerging Composers Partnership for the 2016-17 season.

The Chicago-based ensemble chose Martínez and Princeton graduate student Annika K. Socolofsky from among 99 applicants this year for the partnership program, which now is entering its third season.

MU history professor Keona Ervin

Beginning this month, MU and the State Historical Society of Missouri’s Center for Missouri Studies will present a series of lectures focusing on The African-American Experience in Missouri. The lecture series was announced in December by Chuck Henson, MU’s interim vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity, and equity.

2015

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The College of Arts and Science Student Council has honored an instructor, an adviser, and a graduate teaching assistant with chalk awards for demonstrating a commitment to student success. Anne-Marie Foley, director of the Office of Service Learning, received the Purple Chalk Teaching Award for excellence as an instructor.

Bobby Campbell

When Bobby Campbell, BA ‘90 English and political science, travels to the East or West Coast to meet with other entrepreneurs or to learn about emerging trends in digital technology, he often is greeted with a blank stare when he mentions he lives in Columbia, Missouri.

2015 NAI inductees

MU physics faculty members Gabor Forgacs, Shubhra Gangopadhyay, and Fred Hawthorne are among the 168 fellows inducted into the National Academy of Inventors.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Three faculty members from the University of Missouri have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). They join 168 other distinguished scientists who have been awarded this honor this year.

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New graduates and guests fill the Hearnes Center for commencement ceremonies. Photo by Shane Epping.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – During the weekend of Dec 18-20, 2,406 students will celebrate the culmination of their academic achievements during fall commencement ceremonies at the University of Missouri. Throughout the weekend, MU will award 2,591 degrees, including 1,961 bachelor’s degrees, 460 master’s degrees, 151 doctoral degrees and 19 education specialists’ degrees.

Alex Sehlke

Alex Sehlke emerging from a lava tube on Hawaii.

In 2004, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched a robotic spacecraft aboard a Delta II rocket to study the chemical composition, geology, and magnetic field of the planet Mercury.

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